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In Brief: Teen charged over sex assault

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at the Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin city centre.

The youth appeared at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday accused of the assault on June 28.

He also faces charges for assault causing harm to the woman and violent behaviour at Pearse Street Garda Station on the same date.

The teen has not yet entered a plea and the venue for his trial has not been decided.



Woman bit man's privates

A woman who admitted biting her boyfriend's scrotum causing a wound which needed 19 stitches could be jailed today.

Maria Topp (44) from Wreckenton, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm at Newcastle Crown Court last month.

She bit Martin Douglas, her partner of five years, during a drunken brawl at his flat in February.

Topp denied grievous bodily harm with intent but admitted the lesser charge on the basis that there was violence used on both sides.



$100m verdict on jailed priest

A US jury returned a $100m verdict against a retired Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing dozens of boys.

More than 20 people in Miami's Little Haiti neighbourhood claim Neil Doherty (68) went looking for victims wearing his priest's collar, gaining their trust and then plying the boys with drugs and alcohol and sexually abusing them.

Doherty has been jailed since last year awaiting trial on multiple child sex abuse charges involving a different young victim. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.



Show goes on for Spiderman

AN ACTOR making his Broadway debut as Peter Parker during matinees of Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark has been injured during a performance -- but is expected to return to swing back into action.

Matthew James Thomas was rushed to a hospital after being hurt offstage on Wednesday.

But he should be back for his next scheduled performance tomorrow.


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